Why ‘fedoralady’ loves her chapeaux –and Mr. A in his hats


Richard spotted in his charming cloth cap outside BBC Radio 1 studios.

Meryl Streep and Robert Redford sporting period chapeaux in "Out of Africa."

Mr. Thornton about to remove his tophat as any respectable gentleman would. Gentleman remove their headgear inside; luckily, we ladies aren't required to do so.

One pic. Two great hats. Bogey and Bergman in Casablanca.

I love hats. I have scads of them, although there’s a handful I wear the most. I have been collecting them for more than a decade now. I started wearing hats on a regular basis after I became a newspaper reporter. I have a black fedora my husband gave me for Christmas one year–after all, every reporter worth his or her salt needs a good fedora, right?

I have black, torquoise, tan, brown, coral, red, navy, white, multi-colored hats in straw, paper, felt, velvet and fabric, dressy hats, casual hats (more of the latter than the former)
They are great for bad hair days; on sunny days they help protect me from the UV rays and on rainy days, they help keep me dry. I love a good hat. They can be both stylish and functional, fun and practical.

And I love movies and TV series with good hats, which generally means period dramas these days. There’s just something about a hat . . . and I like the looks of Mr. Armitage in a hat/cap/scarf, too.
Some words of wisdom I was once given by the owner of the last millinery shop in Birmingham. “You can wear a hairstyle and you can wear a hat, but you cannot necessarily do them both at the same time” and “You must wear the hat, you cannot let the hat wear you.”

(photos courtesy of Google images/RANet)

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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    • Thanks, Judit. I think that was actually taken close to Christmas 2010 when I was still at the newspaper, hence the holiday apparel. I used to have fun playing with the IPhoto booth on the Mac when I had a break. πŸ˜‰

  1. I envy you, being able to wear hats and look good in them!! Lovely photo!Unfortunately I don’t have a hairstyle or face that are suited to hats of any kind, and I only wear a sunhat because it’s basically a health issue with the UV rays here.

    • Thanks, Mezz. I see more people wearing in hats in recent years . . . there are so many folks I know dealing with skin cancer. My husband’s co-worker’s wife just had to go have some places cut off for biopsies. She’s darker than some black people I know–a tanorexic, we call it. With my coloring, I am a prime candidate to develop skin cancer and I am glad I didn’t do anymore sunbathing in my youth than I did, but I did suffer a couple of really nasty sunburns (I looked like a blue-eyed lobster). Sometimes it takes decades for those cancers to show up. Now I use fake bake or just remain a whiter shade of pale. πŸ˜‰

      • Someone may correct me on this but I believe Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. I’m fair skinned and have been very careful out in the sun as an adult, but I remember as a teenager literally basting myself like a turkey with oil and baking in the sun in order to get a tan. 😦 Needless to say at my age now, I keep an eye out for any changes in my skin.

      • I hope to God Richard was well protected against the sun while he was shooting SB, his skin is SO fair! I hope he was wearing a factor 100 suncream (if it exists)!

    • Ahh, you are sweet. That little old lady who created my wedding hat (a Victorian derby style covered in seed pearls and French lace, with lots of diaphonoous veiling) gave me so many helpful hints on wearing hats. LOL I like to say I am not physically coordinated, so I can at least be color-coordinated. πŸ˜‰ I love red, BTW. One of my favorite colors to wear.

        • Hmmmm. Not on here. But I am sure Benny has some of the wedding photos scanned in on the desktop. I will ask him tonight if he can grab them for me. I need to ask him about some other pics anyway. I did discover one thing, you can’t import TIFF files onto Word Press, and I know he’s saved a lot of photos as TIFFs. He’ll need to convert them.

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